How California legislators voted on minimum wage increase
April 1, 2016
A bill that will raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 passed the Legislature Thursday. Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign the bill into law on Monday. [LA Times]
On Thursday, the Assembly voted 48-26 in favor of the bill. The Senate voted 26 to 12. Chants of “Si se suede” erupted in the Senate gallery following the vote.
Assemblyman Katcho Achdajian (R-San Luis Obispo) voted against the minimum wage increase. Achadjian is currently a leading candidate in the race for the 24th District congressional seat that Rep. Lois Capps is vacating.
San Luis Obispo County’s representative in the Senate, Bill Monning (D-Carmel), voted in favor of the minimum wage hike.
Two Assembly Democrats — Tom Daly of Anaheim and Adam Gray of Merced — voted against the bill. They were the only legislators to cross party lines.
One Assembly Democrat abstained from the vote, as did one Assembly Republican. A total of five legislators were absent during the vote.
California is set to become the first state in the country to approve a $15 minimum wage. California’s current $10 minimum wage is tied for the highest among states.
Yearly minimum wage hikes are scheduled to begin in 2017.